With lovely spring weather comes the rain – and with the rain comes the possibility of a flooded basement.
It can be quite disheartening to have your basement flood with water after a storm. Water damage can be a costly repair. Having a sump pump in your basement can help you combat the floods. Before you rush out and purchase the first sump pump you can find, you need to understand the sump pump basics.
A sump pump sits in an area known as a sump pit. This area is usually about two feet deep and eighteen inches wide. When the sump pit fills with water, the sump pump will activate and pump the water out of your basement and away from your foundation. Most sump pumps have an automatic activation feature to ensure that they turn on automatically. Automatic sump pumps are more popular because the homeowner does not have to worry about turning the pump on each time it rains – the pump does everything on its own. Read more
Unless you live near the ocean, you may not give marine ecosystems much thought. They are so far away and don’t really impact your day to day life, so why would you think about them on a regular basis? Well, did you know that even living in the middle of the country, you could still have an impact on marine life?
No matter where you live, your home’s wastewater will eventually become a part of the oceans. With such a far reaching impact, you should take a moment every now and then to consider what you can do to limit the negative impact of your home’s wastewater on marine wildlife.
1. Conserve water - Water covers most of our planet’s surface; but drinkable, usable water is a precious and less prevalent commodity. One way to drastically improve your impact on marine life is to limit your water usage. Turn off the faucets when not in use. Only wash full loads of clothes or dishes. Small conservation steps can make a big difference. Read more
When you think of inspecting your home for potential problems, you probably think about checking the roof for broken shingles, trimming tree lines away from power lines and eyeballing your water pipes for possible leaks. You may not think about inspecting your gas lines and gas pipes – and this could be a potentially life-threatening oversight. It is essential that you inspect your gas line and gas pipe on a regular basis, not only to ensure your own safety, but also to save money.
The primary reason why you need to inspect your gas line and gas pipe is for safety. A gas leak can lead to explosions, which can cause death. If your gas is leaking and you are unaware, the gas will create a “gas pocket” – a central location around the leak that is full of gas. Under the right circumstances, this gas pocket can ignite and explode – causing destruction of property and injury if people are present at the time of the explosion. Read more
Toilet paper. One of the simple luxuries of modern, civilized society. If you have ever traveled to a third world country, you have probably discovered what a wonderful thing toilet paper is. But if you spend much time around plumbers, you will probably discover what a wonderful thing toilet paper isn’t.
So, is it true? Does toilet paper really lead to plumbing problems? Unfortunately, the answer depends greatly upon the surrounding circumstances.
Then how can you as a conscientious consumer keep your paper and avoid the problems? Read more
You use it multiple times per day, and probably give it very little thought.
Yet it can be quite discouraging when you do your business, flush the toilet and nothing happens. Toilet problems may seem overwhelming – after all, we all use today’s modern conveniences to maintain healthy living. However, before you rush to call the nearest plumber, take a quick look at the inner mechanism of your toilet. Your toilet’s flushing mechanism could be the problem and, most of the time, these problems are quite easy to fix.
If your toilet refills itself without being flushed, you could have a flapper problem. The flapper is the rubber piece at the bottom of the toilet tank. When the toilet is flushed, this flapper raises and lets the water run into the bowl. When the tank is empty, the flapper reseats itself and the tank fills with water for the next flush. If your flapper is not sealing tightly, the water will seep out of the tank, triggering the valve to refill the tank once the water level reaches a certain point. You can pick up a replacement flapper for a few bucks and make the repair on your own. Read more
If you want your hot water system to be “green”, it takes more than simply buying an energy-efficient water heater. Water starts at your water heater. But from there it travels all through your home. For your entire water system to be green, it means concentrating on every piece – not just one or two parts.
For an energy efficient water system to be green, it must use the least amount of water possible while still giving you the access you need. If you think about one of the biggest water wasters in you home, you’ll quickly come up with the idea of letting water go down the drain without using it at all. From filling your kitchen sink for the dishes, to washing your face in the evening, to your morning showers, its not uncommon to leave the water run for several minutes while you wait for the water to warm to the touch. Read more
Having a clogged drain is a big pain. One minute you are happily taking a bath and the next, your bathwater refuses to go down the drain. One minute you are finishing a sink full of dishes and the next, your dirty dishwater will not budge.
Your first instinct may be to run right out and buy the first drain cleaner you can find. Think again. There are other ways you can rid your drain of a clog. You can try a natural DIY drain cleaner.
Baking soda and cider vinegar – this mixture of one cup of baking soda and one cup of cider vinegar will create a foaming action that is great for cleaning drains. Add the mixture to the clogged drain and follow with plenty of hot water. You can utilize this mixture for regular maintenance of your drains to keep the water flowing. Read more
Leaks in your home can be a huge headache.
When your faucet breaks and water spews all over your kitchen, you have no choice. Your first reaction is to shut off the water and have the leak repaired as quickly as possible.
However, when you notice a drip under your sink or a drip from your ceiling when it rains, you may not be in any hurry to fix the problem. You may think, “Oh well, it’s just a small leak, I will get to it later.” Read more
The dishes are done. You pull the plug. And the water doesn’t go down.
Then the fun begins.
This is a sign that there is some sort of blockage in your plumbing. It could be merely a minor problem – something solved by a quick use of a plunger. Or it could be something more.
The following four reasons may be the most common reason why your sink is draining slowly. Read more